Denis Villeneuve Adds Tim Blake Nelson to “Dune: Part Two”

Despite the fact that Dune: Part Two wrapped filming in mid-December, co-writer/director Denis Villeneuve is still adding key people to the film. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that ace character actor Tim Blake Nelson has joined the cast for Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi saga.

Butler joins newcomers Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan Corrino, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, and Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV. The sequel will pick up where Dune left off, with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) moving deeper into the Arrakis desert with the Fremen, led by Stilgar (Javier Bardem), and with Chani (Zendaya) taking on a much larger role, as they plot to strike back at House Harkonnen. 

Chalamet, Ferguson, Bardem, and Zendaya are joined by returning cast members Josh Brolin as Atreides ally Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen. 

It’s unclear who Nelson will be playing in the second film in Villeneuve’s two-part saga, but someone with the actor’s skill will certainly be put to use by Villeneuve in a meaningful capacity. Nelson most recently appeared in two Guillermo del Toro projects, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities as Nick Appleton, and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, where he voiced the Blacked Rabbit.

Dune: Part Two will hit theaters on November 3, 2023.

For more on Dune: Part Two, check out these stories:

“Dune: Part Two” Wraps Filming

“Dune: Part Two” Will Arrive Two Weeks Early in April 2023

Léa Seydoux Will Play Lady Margot in “Dune: Part Two”

Florence Pugh Close to Joining “Dune: Part 2”

Featured image: NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 01: Tim Blake Nelson attends “Nightmare Alley” World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 01, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)


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